Our bridge group is doing very well. All our beginners are now able to play and are enjoying the practise every week. We hold it on Thursday mornings at 10.30am in the Nugee Room (Church Hall) St Peter & St Paul Church, Medina Road, Wymering PO6 3NH. The entrance to the car park is in Old Wymering Lane or there is parking in Medina Road.
We could do with a few more beginners or improvers if you are keen to learn the game. If you have played Whist it is an easy progression to Bridge. The playing is very similar. The hardest part is the bidding. It is a matter of counting and learning how many points to allow for your partner.
If you would like to know more then please contact me.
Group Leader: Janice Henderson
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I am trying to teach Bacis Acol with a low no trump 12-14
Whilst Bridge has many basics to get use to, no bidding or response is set in stone. When you look at your hand you may have several ways of bidding it. Different people have different views and with this Quiz I am trying to give some basic options.
Bidding Quiz for August/September 2019
You are dealer and you hold
1 a ♠ K Q 5
♥ Q J 10 9
♦ A 3 2
♣ 7 6 5
2 b ♠ A Q J 8 7
♥ A 4 3
♦ Q 8 6
♣ K Q
3 c ♠ A
♥ 9 7 4
♦ 8 7
♣ K Q 10 9 8 6 3
What would you bid ?
Partner has opened the above hands what would your response be if you held the hand below?
1a ♠ J 10 4 2
♥ K 8 7 4
♦ K Q
♣ A 9 2
2 b ♠ 10 9 4 2
♦ K J 5 2
♣ A 8 6 3
3 c ♠ K Q 5 4
♥ A 2
♦ A J 9
♣ A 7 5 2
Answers for August/September 2019 Quiz
1a 1NT . It tells your partner everything. You have 12-14 high card points and a balanced hand. Not much else to say.
1b 1♠ We have good points 12+ and a good 5 card suit
1c 3♣ This is the classic pre-empt hand. 7 cards in your suit and 6-10 points
2a Your partner has opened 1NT and you have also a 1NT opener, but you are responding and you have a choose of what to bid. You have 2, 4 card majors and a fairly balanced hand. 11-12 points you could bid 2 NT, but you have 13 so jump straight to 3NT putting your partner in game. Alternatively you could bid 2♣ (Stayman) asking partner if he has a 4 card major.
2b 2♠ You have 4 of your partners suit and 6-9 points. You do hold a singleton so you could add on a bit for that and go 3♠, but better to let your partner decide if game is on.
2c Again there are options. Partner has pre-empted, and in many cases with less than 16 points you would pass. You know he only has a maximum of 10 and with your 16 there is a chance of game in a minor. But we have great points and maybe we can make a slam. Recalculating we have 18 points and partners 10, if he has 10 it might only be 6, is 28 enough for game. So 5♣ is a safe answer. 3NT would be a better bid. Less tricks to make for game and points for over tricks
Convention of the Month
Staymen is a good convention when your partner has opened 1NT. If you have 11-12 points and a 4 or 5 card major you can go 2♣ asking partner if he has a 4 card major.
2♦ denies a 4 card major
2 ♥ 4 hearts
2 ♠ 4 spades
Depending on their reply you now know what they have. 2♦ or the opposite suit to the one you hold go back to 2NT. If they bid your suit you can leave them at the 2 level or go to 3 depending on the shape of your hand.